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> Timeline: September 2022 – August 2027

> Keywords: palliative care, cancer, quality of life, empowerment, access, health and social care


Most people who have cancer are older people, and this affects millions of Europeans each year. Providing high-quality, equitable, and cost-effective care across the continuum of supportive, palliative, end-of-life, and survivorship care for both patients and their frequently overburdened family caregivers is highly relevant from an economic, a healthcare and a prevention perspective.

The EU NAVIGATE project is an interdisciplinary, cross-country and intersectoral project aiming to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a Navigation Intervention (NavCare-EU) for older people with cancer and their family caregivers in different health care systems in Europe. NavCare-EU is a person- and family-centered non-pharmacological intervention in which navigators collaborate with patients and families to improve quality of life and well-being, foster empowerment, and facilitate timely and equitable access to health and social care services and resources as needed, throughout the supportive and palliative care continuum. NavCare-EU is based on the existing and successfully tested Nav-Care intervention from Canada.

Final outcome

EU NAVIGATE will advance the state of the art by providing innovative solutions to the complex supportive and palliative care needs experienced by older cancer patients and their families, which is implementable in the real world and in diverse health care systems and contexts. User and stakeholder involvement methods are integrated throughout the whole project.

AGE involvement

AGE will contribute to the mapping of existing navigation for cancer patients in Europe by identifying relevant country representatives. AGE will also consult older people’s representatives and their families in user fora to gain insight into the views of AGE members, with a focus on what matters to older people and how navigators will serve the purpose of good care and good quality of life. The insights gained from the user fora will feed into the policy recommendations.

AGE will then act as intermediaries between the academic partners and the relevant policy actors to communicate results and outcomes through extensive networks and communication channels to increase the chances of successful adoption into policy actions.


Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • The Provost, fellows, foundation scholars / the other members of board, of the college of the holy & undivided trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski
  • Stichting VUMC
  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • Universiteit Gent
  • University of British Columbia – Okanagan
  • European Cancer Organisation
  • European Association of Palliative Care
  • AGE Platform Europe
  • Lega Italiana per la lotta contro i tumori di Milano

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Vera Hörmann

Project Officer

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